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My son just started kindergarten. As if I didn't have enough things to be guilty about, I soon realized that if I didn't learn to throw away his homework, I would soon be swimming in coloring pages and classroom activities. Every one of these pages feels like a precious keepsake, so I just couldn't bring myself to throw them out. But every day, more came. I knew I needed to figure out some kind of system, and quick.
After a quick search online, I discovered that I'm apparently not the first parent to face this conundrum. Several apps have been created to help you keep memories without keeping the clutter. They all work similarly in that you take a picture of your kid's artwork and they store it for you. Let's take a look at a few options, and maybe you will be able to begin weeding through that pile of artwork on your table.
Keepy bills itself as "The New Family Album." It is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Kindle Fire. This app allows you to save photos and videos of every conceivable milestone, and then share it with any family members who might like to see. (Cough, cough, grandparents, cough.) You can add voice and video to each memory if you feel the need to explain further, and family members can respond by adding comments or even ordering custom photo keepsakes. You can create 15 Keepies per month for free, or you can upgrade to unlimited storage for $5.99 per month or $39.99 per year. This is a software that I use, and I am very pleased with it.
If you're ready to dig out of your paper clutter, one of these apps will work nicely.
Another good option is Shoebox. While it doesn't boast the same social capabilities of the others, it's a solid photo backup app that allows you unlimited storage. If you're interested in a simple, no-frills way to store your kid's art and homework, this may be your answer. The free version has limited storage, while the Pro version is $5 per month and offers unlimited photo storage but still restricts video storage.
Artkive is very similar to Keepy, except that it doesn't allow for storing videos, nor does it allow you to create audio or video commentary attached to the masterpiece. Available on iTunes and Google Play, the iTunes app will run you $4.99 and Android users complain of crashes, however there is no monthly fee.
If you're an Apple user, Canvsly is also an option. This app is geared toward school kids exclusively, so it doesn't have the option to register a child younger than Pre-K. Those hoping to keep artwork from little brother and sister would do better with Keepy or Artkive. However, Canvlsy offers a solid platform where you and close family can admire your little Picasso's work, and even share to social media.
If you're ready to dig out of your paper clutter, one of these apps will work nicely. And the grandparents will be excited to see your child's progress!